\ ˈlip How to pronounce lip (audio) \

Definition of lip

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : either of two fleshy folds that surround the mouth in humans and many other vertebrates and are organs of human speech essential to certain articulations also : the red or pinkish margin of the human lip
2 slang : back talk
3a : a fleshy edge or margin (as of a wound)
b : labium
d : a limb of a labiate corolla
4a : the edge of a hollow vessel or cavity
b : a projecting edge: such as
(1) : the beveled upper edge of the mouth of an organ flue pipe
(2) : the sharp cutting edge on the end of a tool (such as an auger)
(3) : a short spout (as on a pitcher)



Definition of lip (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : insincere lip praise
2 : produced with the participation of the lips : labial lip consonants


lipped; lipping

Definition of lip (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to touch with the lips especially : kiss
2 : utter
3 : to lap against : lick
4 : to hit (a putt) so that the ball hits the edge of the cup but fails to drop in usually used with out

intransitive verb

: to hit the edge of the cup without dropping in used with out the putt lipped out
variants: or lipo-

Definition of lip- (Entry 4 of 4)

: fat : fatty tissue : fatty lipoid lipoprotein

Other Words from lip


lipless \ ˈlip-​ləs How to pronounce lip- (audio) \ adjective
liplike \ ˈlip-​ˌlīk How to pronounce lip- (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lip in a Sentence

Noun He had a cut on his lip. She was nervously biting her lip. the lips of a wound the lip of a crater the lip of a pitcher Adjective part of the ritual of the awards ceremony is the nominee's lip praise for the performances of his or her competitors Verb the waves, reflecting the red glow of the sunset, gently lipped the prow See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The app exploded in popularity during the pandemic, with its short dancing clips and lip-syncing skits entertaining teenagers at rates higher than other social platforms. Olivia Carville, Fortune, 12 May 2022 In one video played in court, Yoo wears a Versace robe popular with the Tigers and points an assault rifle at the camera while lip-syncing to a song. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 On Tuesday, Gomez and Cabello spent a girls' night in, seemingly at one of their homes, and made a TikTok video lip-syncing to a memorable scene from Lifetime's Dance Moms with cocktails in hand. Jack Irvin,, 20 Apr. 2022 Sarah Cooper, a comedian who rose to internet stardom by lip-syncing to President Trump, parlayed her success into a 2020 Netflix special that was not particularly well-received, and then the election came and went along with her moment. Damian Garde, STAT, 25 Mar. 2022 Was there anybody in this episode whose lip-syncing surprised you? Joey Nolfi,, 21 Mar. 2022 TikTok exploded as a social-media app with silly videos featuring lip-syncing, dance moves and practical jokes. Liza Lin, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2022 TikTok’s humble beginnings as an app for dance trends and lip-syncing have given way in recent years to a platform that is now generally recognized as a rival to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in the battle for our attention. NBC News, 4 Mar. 2022 The 26-year-old from Las Vegas used an app called Snack to scroll through videos of women walking down the street, showing off their outfits, or lip-syncing to the camera. Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Lip Bar is joining the lot with its first-ever, non-lip product, a bronzer-blush duo called Fresh Glow. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 15 Sep. 2020 Turns out, post-lip augmentation dryness is a strange phenomenon that people don't seem to tell their dermatologists about. Devon Abelman, Allure, 10 Sep. 2020 Morrison told Fox News that the man's lip size, and the height and width of his mouth were accurately recreated by measuring the enamel of the skeleton's teeth. Fox News, 29 May 2020 Every lip gloss, lip liner, and eyeshadow comes in six color options, so there is plenty to choose from depending on your personal preferences. Christina Butan,, 12 Dec. 2019 When the collection officially goes on sale in September, fans will be able to buy the lip gloss, lip liner, and all-over color pigments exclusively on Amazon. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 July 2019 In an exclusive interview with Business of Fashion, the singer revealed that the collection will include makeup kits that combine lip gloss, lip liner, and all-over color. Vogue, 9 July 2019 The collection includes four lipsticks, two lip pencils, three liquid lipcolours, three lip glasses, an eyeshadow palette, and an extra dimension skin finish. Houston Chronicle, 7 Apr. 2020 This time around, the dynamic duo is giving us much more than lip kits. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 24 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Forget donut skin; this gives you lip glaze like no other. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 5 May 2022 The singer-songwriter popped out of a giant cake with a massive hot pink bouffant and matching eye and lip makeup — the extraness of the monochromatic look felt like a match made in heaven for the vibrant star. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 2 May 2022 Stubborn face, eye and lip makeup doesn’t stand a chance against the sumptuous, gentle Curél Japan oil, a winner of the GH Beauty Lab’s makeup remover test. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 26 Apr. 2022 Lady Gaga and members of BTS were also seen bopping and lip synching along to the song’s wavy keys from their seats. Thania Garcia, Variety, 3 Apr. 2022 Most prominent was polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a common type of plastic used in making drink bottles, food packaging and fabrics, and even lip gloss. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2022 Having started with just a skin tint, highlighter, and lip oil, founder Diarrha N’Diaye-Mbaye has since expanded to key categories like mascara and concealer, which come in sheer hues and clean formulas for the ultimate no-makeup makeup look. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 8 Mar. 2022 Samples of The Outset Daily Moisturizer and Prep Serum, Purel, hand cream, and lip balm. Megan Decker,, 3 Mar. 2022 Matt Elliott, an outreach worker with Project Weber/Renew, grabbed a box of NARCAN, the nasal spray used to reverse overdoses, for a client who had stopped by to pick up items including food, clean needles, masks, and lip balm. Brian Amaral,, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lip


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1589, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for lip


Middle English, from Old English lippa; akin to Old High German leffur lip and probably to Latin labium, labrum lip

Combining form

New Latin, from Greek, from lipos — more at leave

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More Definitions for lip


\ ˈlip How to pronounce lip (audio) \

Kids Definition of lip

1 : either of the two folds of flesh that surround the mouth
2 : the edge of a hollow container (as a jar) especially where it is slightly spread out
3 : an edge (as of a wound) like or of flesh
4 : an edge that sticks out the lip of a roof

Other Words from lip

lipped \ ˈlipt \ adjective


\ ˈlip How to pronounce lip (audio) \

Medical Definition of lip

1 : either of the two fleshy folds which surround the opening of the mouth in humans and many other vertebrates and in humans are organs of speech essential to certain articulations also : the pinkish or reddish margin of a human lip composed of nonglandular mucous membrane and usually exposed when the mouth takes on its natural set
2 : an edge of a wound
3 : either of a pair of fleshy folds surrounding an orifice
4 : an anatomical part or structure (as a labium) resembling a lip

Other Words from lip

liplike \ ˈlip-​ˌlīk How to pronounce lip (audio) \ adjective

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